Big Ideas Innovation Contest opens September 8

Big Ideas Innovation Contest opens September 8

Big Ideas is an innovation contest that provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have ‘big ideas.’ Since its founding in 2006, the competition has inspired over 1,000 student-led projects aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Submissions are due by November 12, 2015, at 12:00 noon PST

Applicants have access to the following resources to help them develop their projects:

  • Up to $15,000 in funding per team!!
  • Extensive feedback from judges
  • Information, proposal writing, budgeting, and skills development workshops
  • Access to advisors and Practitioners in Residence
  • 6-week mentorship period for finalist teams

The 2015-16 Big Ideas contest categories are:

To learn more, visit the Big Ideas website:


The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute drive interdisciplinary innovation for social good with faculty researchers and students from four University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz – along with public and private partners.

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